Saunders County 4-H Smore

May 24, 2019

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. Closed for Memorial Day
  2. Summer Interns
  3. SC Summer Workshops
  4. Outdoor Recreation Workshop
  5. Saunders County Youth Agriculture Tour
  6. UNL Flood Resources
  7. Foundation Flood Relief Fund
  8. 2019 Theresa Wilson Photo Theme
  9. Leader & Parent Information Night RECORDING & Fair Changes
  10. Top Curriculum Exhibitor Contest
  11. Superintendents for 2019 NEEDED!
  12. Safety Workshop
  13. SC Archery Practice
  14. Fur Your Information- Dog Camp
  15. SC 4-H Friends Foundation Fundraiser
  16. 2019 4-H Enrollment Open
  17. FCS, Plant Science Contests
  18. 2019 Ne State Fair Dog Show Changes
  19. Ne Elite Showmanship Contest
  20. Papio Valley 4-H Show
  21. 2019 4-H Activity Calendar
  22. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

Closed for Memorial Day

The Saunders County Extension Office and ENREC Building will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.


We are very excited to be able to have TWO summer interns with us this year at the Saunders County Extension Office. These interns will be helping us with day to day operations, teaching summer workshops, leading summer reading programs, and helping with fair preparations. Make sure and say hello if you stop by the office.

Miranda Mueller

My name is Miranda Mueller, and I am from Yutan, Nebraska. Throughout my years in 4-H I was actively involved in the Saunders County program showing rabbits, sheep, pigs, and participating in static projects including quilting, sewing, and photography. I was also a member of the Saunders County 4-H Council my final years in the program.

I am going to be a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall where I am majoring in Animal Science and Grazing Livestock Systems, and minoring in Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars and the Engler Entrepreneurship Program. I am also involved in the UNL FFA Alumni, Block and Bridle, and the Grazing Livestock Systems Club at the University. I am looking forward to a great summer full of youth workshops and preparing for this year’s county fair!

Shelby Wachter

Hello! My name is Shelby Wachter and I am ecstatic to be interning with Saunders County 4-H this summer! I was born and raised in Blair Nebraska where I grew up on a small acreage outside of town. My dad was in 4-H so when I aged into the organization he signed me up and I am forever grateful he did.

It was then that my true passion for agriculture and livestock flourished. I originally started showing cattle but thanks to some good family friends my second year of 4-H we bought a few lambs and I fell in love. Through all my years in 4-H I showed cattle, pigs and even chickens for a few years but the species that I really connected with and stuck with was sheep. Within a few years my family really developed a passion for showing lambs and we slowly started to compete more and travel to more shows and sales.

Now I am currently a student at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and in the fall I will be a junior, majoring in Agricultural Education with the goal of being a high school Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor. My family now has a started to raise show lambs. I still show in FFA currently and I am dreading the day I am no longer allowed in the show ring. But I hope to stay involved with the industry through my younger brother showing and one day with the hope of having my own herd of show ewes.

With my passion for livestock and knowledge of the industry I am very excited to help with the Saunders County Fair and preparation for the Nebraska State Fair. I hope to get to know as many of the 4-Her’s and 4-H families as I can in my time here!

UNL FLOOD RESOURCES - Resources for Flood recovery

Some of the Agriculture topics include:

- Feedyard Webinar Series

- Flood soaked Feed and Forage

- Holding Pond Management

- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) released

- Fencing and resolving fencing disputes

- Cattle Producers Post-Flood Checklist

- Feeding Cows After the Flood

- Online Rural Resource List- Staying Connected During Tough Times

- Hay and Fencing Donations


The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website:

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at

2019 Theresa Wilson Photography Theme: NEBRASKA STRONG

2019 Fair Changes


It will give in depth description of changes!


Non-terminal show.

- Only Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion overall market swine will go to harvest.

•Breeding Gilt Show added

-Maximum entries: FIVE TOTAL, 4 Market, 2 Breeding

Entry limit for Dairy Cattle & Dairy Goat = FIVE ANIMALS

Sunday, August 4

• BBQ start at 12 NOON

4-H Livestock Auction start at 2:00 p.m.

Static Exhibit Release Time = 12 Noon – 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 4

Best Dressed Critter – 7:00 p.m., August 1st

Favorite Foods Contest – 12:00 Noon July 28

Fashion Show – 6:00 PM July 29

State Fair Static Exhibits (non-perishable) will be KEPT AT FAIRGROUNDS between county fair and state fair. - NEW

* You have the option to take the items home from the fair if you'd like, however drop off times will be the same as perishable items.

•Perishable items will be asked to be brought to Extension Office August 19 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and August 20 8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon.

Static Entry Interview Judging sign ups posted at outside entry table of 4-H building

Top Curriculum Exhibitor Contest


We are still needing superintendents in the following areas for the 2019 Saunders County Fair:

COMMUNICATION (photography)


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Saunders County Archery Practice

Archery Practices will be the following mondays, held from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Gayle Hatton Pavillon at the fairgrounds.

June 10, 24

2019 SC 4-H Friends Foundation Fundraiser

2019 Silent Auction “Keep Saunders County Rolling” will be the slogan for this year’s silent auction. o Cole will direct 4-H clubs (via email) to construct a project that somehow uses wheels of some sort or something that puts things into motion or that has been used to keep things in motion (ie: fiber optics, wagon wheels, tires, etc). The auction items will be on display and up for bidding during the fair.

o A “Buy Now” option price will be set upon the 4-H Club’s suggestion. Bidding will continue on items that haven’t been purchased through the “Buy Now” option and will be finalized through a Live Auction Sunday evening prior to the Livestock Auction

2019 4-H Enrollment Open

Enrollment is due JUNE 15!

2019 FCS Quiz

The 2019 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Quiz is ready to use. This quiz, based on FCS subject matter, is designed for 8-12 year olds (Older 4-H'ers are welcome to participate; however, the questions are designed for 8-12 year olds). The intent of this contest is to engage young people interested in family and consumer sciences in a challenging educational experience. Youth can study for the quiz by reading and reviewing FCS related Nebraska 4-H curriculum and National 4-H curriculum.

2019 Plant Science Contest

June 5, 2019 - Lancaster County Extension Office

NE State Fair Dog Show Change

The Nebraska State Fair 4-H Dog Show is undergoing changes for the 2019 season. Due to facility changes at Fonner Park, the 2019 State 4-H Dog Show will be held on Saturday, September 7, 8:00 AM CST at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s East Campus in the Animal Science Building. This will allow families to experience UNL’s facilities and still participate in other State Fair events.

Additional information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, questions can be directed to Companion Animal Specialist Dr. Lisa Karr and Superintendent Tayler Wickham at the contact information below.

Dr. Lisa Karr


Tayler Wickham


Nebraska Elite Showmanship Contest

Details can be found at link.

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Midwest Messenger, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter of the Week

The nomination form can be found on our website at

For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.